Enjoy springtime fun with the Zilker Garden Festival and more events


1. Zilker Garden Festival

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26. $4-$10. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org/ZGF/index.html.

Celebrate the 60th Annual Zilker Garden Festival — a one-stop shopping destination for all your gardening needs when spring arrives in Austin. A family-friendly event, the garden festival offers something for everyone, including a flower show with judged floral designs, a Kids’ Corner, vendors selling a variety of plant- and garden-themed arts and crafts, and more. Relax in the Oak Grove to enjoy live music, a food court and a beer garden with brews from Independence Brewing.

2. Revel Unclassified

12:30 p.m. March 19. $10. 4th Tap Brewing Co-operative, 10615 Metric Blvd. revelatx.org/shop/essentials.

The arts-infused Sunday brunch returns with a new set of artists telling a story through music and spoken word, this time with a theme inspired by the Strength tarot card, about developing the heart and courage to keep going despite obstacles. Kristine Reaume of the Austin Flute Project, which also performed last week, guitarist Alan Retamozo and pianist Carla McElhaney will provide the music, while poet Laurie Filipelli will read her written works. A food truck will also be on-site.

3. “The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition” at Art on 5th.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through April 2. 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite C. 512-481-1111, arton5th.com.

This new show will not only celebrate the life and art of Theodor Seuss Geisel but also chronicle the common artistic links found throughout Dr. Seuss’ nearly 70 years of creativity, exploring his career as a children’s book illustrator and as an editorial cartoonist, advertisement illustrator, military propagandist, poet, painter and sculptor. Among other things, visitors will walk through a chronological display of Dr. Seuss’ life and career, recounted in 30 informational panels.

4. Come and Taste It with the Texas Observer

6 to 9 p.m. March 22. Free. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh St. texasobserver.org/2017-rabble-rouser.

Come and Taste It, the Texas Observer’s 2017 Rabble Rouser, is bigger and better than ever, with music from local swamp-funk band Shinyribs and beer from a variety of Texas breweries: Hops & Grain Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the ABGB, Whitestone Brewery and the Texas Beer Company in Taylor. The night will also be your chance to support independent investigative reporting from the Texas Observer. Branded flight glasses will be available for $25.

5. Fight Back at the Shack

6 to 9 p.m. March 23. Free. Shake Shack at the Domain, 11228 Domain Drive. facebook.com/events/341874129543471.

Shake Shack at the Domain is donating 15 percent of its food and drink sales to Relay For Life of Central Austin. Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society and its efforts to fund cancer research and patient support programs and services. At Shake Shack, hang out with friends on the back patio decked out with a bocce ball court, foosball, table tennis and lounge furniture. The organization will be present with Relay For Life information and team packets to encourage participation.

6. Different Stages’ “Mrs. Mannerly”

Opens March 24. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through April 15. $15-$30. Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh St. 512-926-6747, main.org/diffstages.

Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Mrs. Mannerly,” the latest Different Stages production, takes place in 1967 — the summer of love. But for five children on the second floor of the YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio, it is the summer of etiquette as taught by formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, better known as “Mrs. Mannerly.” Scriptwriter Hatcher, now a middle-age man, takes us back through time to when he was 9 years old and determined to be the first pupil in history to score a perfect mark in her class.

7. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

8 p.m. March 21-25, 2 p.m. March 25, 1 and 7 p.m. March 26. $35-$150. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

“Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. The production features an array of beloved songs written by Goffin and King, as well as Weil and Mann, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, “Beautiful.



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